A SYDNEY court has been told actor Matthew Newton is mentally ill and living in ‘‘ utter fear’’.
ACTOR Matthew Newton is mentally ill and living in ‘‘ utter fear’’ after being king hit by a large man following a media campaign, a Sydney court has been told.
Last year it was his thengirlfriend, actress Rachael Taylor, who had ‘‘ significant fears for her personal safety’’, according to a statement released at the time by her manager.
Newton is accused of breaching an apprehended violence order taken out by Ms Taylor, and consented to by him, after an alleged violent incident between the couple in Rome.
The 34-year-old son of showbusiness couple Bert and Patti Newton appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court yesterday.
Newton was arrested last month for allegedly phoning Ms Taylor, in breach of the AVO, and for using a carriage service to menace or harass her.
His lawyer, Chris Murphy, told the court he would apply for the matter to be dealt with under the Mental Health Act.
He said Newton allegedly phoned Ms Taylor, then sent text messages saying he was sorry he had rung.
He said Newton spent five months in a mental health facility, adding: ‘‘ He does not have any addictions, he has a psychiatric illness’’.
Last August, j ournalist Paul Kent went ‘‘ on a national campaign’’, calling on people to punch Newton and attack him, the lawyer said.
Mr Murphy said Newton was in the inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, when a large man king hit him.
He said Newton was now back at the clinic.
The matter was adjourned for a mental health issue hearing on April 13.
COURT: Actor Matthew Newton leaves The Downing Centre court complex in Sydney